Marines and sailors from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing honed combat tactics and command and control capabilities for future conflicts during Exercise Summer Fury 22. With units positioned across California, the 3rd MAW tested Expeditionary Forward Base Operations components with a “Hub, Spoke and Node” model in preparation for the next fight.
Acting as the “Hub”, Marine Air Control Group 38 established a tactical air command center aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California. With the TACC fully operational, MACG-38, in conjunction with key 3rd MAW leadership, facilitated the command and control of aviation assets throughout the battlespace.
TACC Marines demonstrated flexibility and versatility with a simultaneous focus on real-world and simulated operations. While tracking combat personnel and aircraft in support of the exercise, 3rd MAW personnel also conducted planning based on an Indo-Pacific maritime conflict scenario.
Marine wing support squadrons were an integral part of this distributed combat. For the first time since their 2022 realignment on MACG-38, MWSS-373 executed site command of the TACC, merging aviation ground support with aviation command and control to provide 3rd MAW Combat Staff a common operational picture and real-time response. monitoring of operations and logistical needs.
“Ultimately, this exercise proved the Wing’s readiness to support I Marine Expeditionary Force from competition to conflict. Any weather, any time! Brig. Gen. Robert B. Brodie, 3rd MAW Deputy Wing Commander
“Summer Fury 22 provided the unique opportunity for MWSS-373 to integrate with the TACC, demonstrating our ability to generate sorties for the Wing Commander,” said 2nd Lt. Diane Garcia, MWSS Deputy Operations Officer. -373. “Our integration with MACG-38 demonstrates the full potential of the aviation command and control ground support system. The training we have executed here has honed our ability to enable the Wing to fight and win as we continue to execute the intent of Force Design 2030.”
Simultaneously, Marine Aircraft Group 39, advanced to Camp Roberts, Bradley, California with 14 aircraft, including 3 AH-1Z Vipers, 3 UH-1Y Venoms, 4 MV-22B Ospreys, and 4 CH-53E Super Stallions augmented with MAG-16s. Additionally, a company of infantry Marines from 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment attached to MAG-39 to provide security for all operations.
At Camp Roberts, MAG-39 established a combat operations center which acted as the “talking point”. Once the Spoke was established, MAG-39 leaders were able to receive information and tasks from the Hub in order to complete missions at various “nodes” throughout the battlespace. Due to its strategic location, MAG-39 was able to receive tasks from top MAW leaders and quickly and efficiently move aircraft to various locations in the area of operations.
From the Spoke, the planes were moved to 4 different “nodes” in California throughout the exercise. These nodes were at Paso Robles Municipal Airport, Naval Air Station Lemoore, NAS Point Mugu, and Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. MAG-39 rotary-wing flight operations covered the skies of southern, central and eastern California during the week-long exercise.
At the various nodes, the MAG-39 conducted operations such as ground resupply from the air, forward arming and refueling, and close air support. The exercise culminated in an air assault featuring MV-22B Ospreys, CH-53E Super Stallions, AH-1Z Vipers and UH-1Y Venoms in support of a company of 2nd Infantry Marines. Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment.
As warfare proves ever-changing, 3rd MAW continues to implement the concepts of Force Design 2030 through realistic wargaming and dynamic training.
“Third MAW’s combat skills were honed this week during Exercise Summer Fury. Command and control, flight operations, and expeditionary airfield operations merged with virtual training honed MAW’s readiness for provide lethal effects in all domains,” said Brig. Gen. Robert B. Brodie, 3rd MAW Deputy Wing Commander. “Ultimately, this exercise proved the Wing was ready to support the I Marine Expeditionary Force from competition to conflict Any climate, any time!
The 3rd MAW continues to “fix, fly, and fight” as the largest aircraft wing in the Marine Corps and remains combat ready, deployable on short notice, and deadly when called into action.